Brewed by Backus y Johnston (SABMiller)
Style: Pale Lager
Lima, Peru


on tap

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RATINGS: 305   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.96/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Brewed since 1921, Cristal is Peruís No. 1 selling beer, combining a light-bodied liquid with strong Andean imagery. It has been the No. 1 selling U.S. import from South America over the last eight years, primarily appealing to the approximately one million Peruvian consumers in the U.S.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - OCT 16, 2006
Bottle. Poured a pale yellow with an average white head. Aromas of citrus, grain, and corn. The flavor is slightly grassy with some citrus. Light and a touch watery. Not the best in the world but I would pick it over most U.S. macros (Or maybe the lack of great beer for my three months in Peru got to me). One of my favorite "regulars" in the beer deprived country of Peru.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DruncanVeasey (7882) - NUNEATON, TOP, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2006
Pale, watery Pils-like lager lacking the cleansing bitterness of its German model. Warsteiner shandy, but pleasant enough refreshment on a sun-kissed terrace.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
mjg74 (2910) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 24, 2006
Bottle, Liquid Solutions. Pours a light straw color. Watery aroma with a little hint of grain. Grainy seltzer water flavor with a plant finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - AUG 16, 2006
While Iíve yet to find a pale lager that blows me away, this isnít really that bad. Aroma is corn flakes and some malt. Appearance is medium yellow/gold color, large bubbles and white head that melted rather quickly. Mouthfeel is smooth, light bodied with little harshness. Flavors were a little chlorine (wonder if thatís from the water source), slightly sweet and not much else. It will do the job as a lawnmower beer but outside of that itís pretty useless.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 4, 2006
Bottle: Pale lager, light malts and a touch of hops, not very exciting, nor should it, but it comes across thin and with a bit much adjunct. Some average bitterness and malt body, but the finish just carries on like a drunken sailor in a strip bar. Not that great, but if youíre stuck in the Cusco airport and this is all you have to drink, consider yourself lucky, this is better than most American macro-brew.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - JUL 7, 2006
First Peruvian brew... not impressive. Comparable to one step above American Macros. Thatís it.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
freekyp (1715) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 19, 2006
Thin pale yellow with a quickly dissipating frothy white head, Cereveza Cristal has lively carbonation and an anemic grassy soapy flavor tempered with a very slight rise in hops at the finish. Its still better than a Coors light.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Dorqui (2154) - Brescia, ITALY - JUN 10, 2006
Cerveza Cristal. Compact head, medium duration. Yellow color much pale and watery; limpid with light fizz. Cool but rather gaunt scent with grassy and malty notes, light dry scent. Nicely prickly taste with modest and light bitter; watery and nearly imperceptible alcohol and short final.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
eaglefan538 (2965) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 3, 2006
Appearance isnít worth breaking down: swill yellow and swill large bubble head that didnít last. The aroma was hard to pick up but not bad. The flavor was typical of swill type lagers from third world countries. Seemed to have a touch of citrus or something but then left the mouth feeling like a bunch of metal powder was chewed on. This is the most metallic beer Iíve had to date. Pass on by even if you need a Peru stamp in your beer passport.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 27, 2006
There was very little aroma. The color was a pale yellow, with a thin white head. The flavor was curiously refreshing. It slightly sweet, but with a very smooth finish. It seems a bit too carbonated.

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